The Future View-Master® Projects

Several years ago, I used my film cameras to create dual photos for a custom-produced View-Master® reel. It was – for all intents and purposes – okay. But you know me. I don’t work well with “Okay.” So in 2023, I’ve decided that this will be the year that Chuck builds some custom View-Master® reels.…

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Candlepin bowling and a 1980’s computer program.

During my freshman year at Hamilton College, I spent most of my free time at the college’s computer center (well, aside from class time and radio station time). The Hamilton College Computer Center in 1982 consisted of several standalone desktop terminals known as TERAK computers. Software existed on 8″ floppy discs that held about 12…

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Amahl and the Night Visitors – the Christmas special almost lost to time

Let’s put a few things aside. Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, the Grinch, George Bailey, Natalie Wood pulling on Kris Kringle’s beard, a bevy of movies with Lacey Chabert – the holiday season is filled with TV specials and feel-good movies. Let me introduce you to one holiday special that, in its day, was appointment television,…

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Hey Darnell Cowart, the Globetrotters want your number.

I love watching the Harlem Globetrotters. As much as anybody could say that all they do on the court is clown around, their ability to work within that atmosphere – while still providing highly skilled hoops action – is impressive. I should note that several members of the Albany Patroons’ legacy players – including Mario…

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The incident at the chicken shack

It’s Friday night, and I’m really jonesing for some tasty independent fried chicken. And rather than dine on stuff from the colonel, or from that sailor with the anchor tattoos, I chose instead to get some deep-fried chicken from a nearby independent chicken shack in the South End. Trust me. This stuff is so good,…

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Several Solarcan Sunrises on State Street.

A few days ago, I set up a Solarcan Puck passive camera in my neighborhood, and after two days of blaze, I got a really nice image. So let’s expand on that. I asked a friend of mine to place a Solarcan Puck in his sunrise-facing window and leave it there FOR A FEW WEEKS.…

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How I messed up regarding Christian Walker.

Herschel Walker’s Georgia Senate campaign has more scandals attached to it than a Kerry Washington TV drama. And at the beginning of those scandals – especially the ones involving Walker’s parentage of other children with other women, one of his most strident supporters was his son Christian Walker. And eventually, as Herschel Walker moved forward…

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Ron DeSantis is a kidnapper.

Two of the most vile, repulsive acts against humans in this nation’s history occurred at the hands of demagogues who treated others with insidious disregard for human compassion. In the early 19th century, five Southeaster Native American tribes were forcibly evicted from their homeland and relocated to the Midwest, in the genocide known as the…

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